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Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

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How does a story begin? Sometimes it begins with a dream, and a dreamer. Mary is one such dreamer, whose only escape from her strict father and overbearing stepmother is through the stories she reads and imagines. Unhappy at home, she seeks independence, and at the age of sixteen runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, another dreamer.

Two years later, on a stormy summer evening, their friend Lord Byron suggests a contest to see who can create the best ghost story. Mary has a waking dream about a monster come to life. And a year and a half later, Mary Shelley's terrifying tale, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus, is published — a novel that goes on to become one of the most popular legends of all time. A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration.

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"This biographical depiction of Mary Shelley's young life explores how writers create, synthesizing ideas from experiences and imagination. Throughout, Bailey emphasizes her strong spirit and penchant for daydreams as she traces how formative circumstances helped move Shelley to write.... Sarda's distinctive angular illustrations are rife with thoughtful period detail and patterns in rich tones, evoking an appropriately maudlin mood while showcasing how Shelley's life was a catalyst to art and creativity — and, perhaps, the birth of science fiction." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Linda Bailey
Illustrator Julia Sarda
ISBN 1770495592
Publication Date Aug 28, 2018
Publisher Tundra Books
Language English